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You haue a father able to maintaine your state,
And better twere to trouble him then France.

Sound for a post within.
Lew. Here comes some post Warwike to thee or vs.

Post. My Lord ambassador this letter is for you,
Sent from your brother Marquis Montague.
This from our king vnto your Maiestie.
And these to you Madam, from whom I know not.

Oxf. I like it well that our faire Queene and mistresse, Smiles at her newes when Warwike frets as his.

P. Ed. And marke howe Lewes stamps as he were nettled.
Lew. Now Margaret & Warwike, what are your news !
Queen. Mine such as fils my hart full of ioie.
War. Mine full of sorrow and harts discontent.

Lew. What hath your king married the Ladie Gray,
And now to excuse himselfe sends vs a post of papers ?
How dares he presume to vse vs thus ?

Quee. This proueth Edwards loue, & Warwiks honesty.

War. King Lewis, I here protest in sight of heauen,
And by the hope I haue of heauenlie blisse,
That I am cleare from this misdeed of Edwards.
No more my king, for he dishonours me,
And most himselfe, if he could see his shame.
Did I forget that by the house of Yorke,
My father came vntimelie to his death ?
Did I let passe the abuse done to thy neece ?
Did I impale him with the regall Crowne,
And thrust king Henry from his natiue home,
And most vngratefull doth he vse me thus ?
My gratious Queene pardon what is past,
And henceforth I am thy true seruitour,
I will reuenge the wrongs done to ladie Bona,
And replant Henry in his former state.

Queen. Yes Warwike I doe quite forget thy former

Faults, if now thou wilt become king Henries friend.

War. So much his friend, I his vnfained friend,
That if king Lewes vouchsafe to furnish vs
With some few bands of chosen souldiers,
Ile vndertake to land them on our coast, .
And force the Tyrant from his seat by warre,
Tis not his new made bride shall succour him.

Lew. Then at the last I firmelie am resolu'd,
You shall haue aide: and English messenger returne
In post, and tell false Edward thy supposed king,
That Lewis of France is sending ouer Maskers
To reuell it with him and his new bride.

Bona. Tell him in hope heele be a Widower shortlie, Ile weare the willow garland for his sake.

Queen. Tell him my mourning weedes be laide aside, And I am readie to put armour on.

War. Tell him from me, that he hath done me wrong, And therefore Ile vncrowne him er't be long. Thears thy reward, begone.

Lew. But now tell me Warwike, what assurance
I shall haue of thy true loyaltie ?

War. This shall assure my constant loyaltie,
If that our Queene and this young prince agree,
Ile ioine mine eldest daughter and my ioie
To him forth with in holie wedlockes bandes.

Queen. Withall my hart, that match I like ful wel,
Loue her sonne Edward, shee is faire and yong,
And giue thy hand to Warwike for thy loue.

Lew. It is enough, and now we will prepare,
To leuie souldiers for to go with you.
And you Lord Bourbon our high Admirall,
Shall waft them safelie to the English coast,
And chase proud Edward from his slumbring trance,
For mocking marriage with the name of France.

War. I came from Edward as Imbassadour

But I returne his sworne and mortall foe:
Matter of marriage was the charge he gaue me,
But dreadful warre shall answere his demand.
Had he none else to make a stale but me?
Then none but I shall turn his iest to sorrow.
I was the chiefe that raisde him to the crowne,
And Ile be chiefe to bring him down againe,
Not that I pittie Henries miserie,
But seeke rouenge on Edwards mockerie.

[Exit. Enter king EDWARD, the Queene and CLARENCE, and GLOSTER,

and MONTAGUE, and HASTINGS, and PENBROOKE, with

souldiers.
Edw. Brothers of Clarence, and of Glocester,
What thinke you of our marriage with the ladie Gray ?

Cla. My Lord, we thinke as Warvvike and Levves
That are so slacke in iudgement, that theile take
No offence at this suddaine marriage.

Edw. Suppose they doe, they are but Levves and
Warvvike, and I am your king and Warvvikes,
And will be obaied.

Glo. And shall, because our king, but yet such Sudden marriages seldome proueth well.

Edw. Yea brother Richard are you against vs too ?
Glo. Not I my Lord, no, God forefend that I should
Once gaine saie your highnesse pleasure,
I, & twere a pittie to sunder them that yoake so wel togither.

Edw. Setting your skornes and your dislikes aside,
Shew me some reasons why the Ladie Gray,
Maie not be my loue and Englands Queene ?
Speake freelie Clarence, Gloster,
Montague and Hastings.

Cla. My Lord then this is my opinion,
That Warwike beeing dishonored in his embassage,
Doth seeke reuenge to quite his iniuries.

Glo. And Levves in regard of his sisters wrongs, Doth ioine with Warwike to supplant your state.

Edw. Suppose that Lewis and Warwike be appeasd,
By such meanes as I can best deuise.

Vont. But yet to have ioind with France in this
Alliance, would more haue strengthened this our
Common wealth, gainst forraine stormes,
Then anie home bred marriage.

Hast. Let England be true within it selfe,
We need not France nor any alliance with them.

Cla. For this one speech the Lord Hastings wel deserues, To haue the daughter and heire of the Lord Hungerford. Edw. And what then? It was our will it should be

SO?
Cla. I, and for such a thing too the Lord Scales
Did well deserue at your hands, to haue the
Daughter of the Lord Bonfield, and left your
Brothers to go seeke elsewhere, but in
Your madnes, you burie brotherhood.

Edw. Alasse poore Clarence, is it for a wife,
That thou art mal-content,
Why man be of good cheere, Ile prouide thee one.

Cla. Naie you plaide the broker so ill for your selfe,
That you shall giue me leaue to make my
Choise as I thinke good, and to that intent,
I shortlie meane to leaue you.

Edw. Leaue me or tarrie I am full resolu'd
Edward will not be tied to his brothers wils.

Queen. My Lords doe me but right, and you must
Confesse, before it pleasd his highnesse to aduance
My state to title of a Queene,
That I was not ignoble in my birth.

Edw. Forbeare my loue to fawne vpon their frownes,
For thee they must obay, naie shall obaie,
And if they look for fauour at my hands.

Mont. My Lord, heere is the messenger returnd from

France.

Enter a Messenger.

Ed. Now sirra, What letters or what newes?

Mes. No letters my Lord, and such newes, as without your highnesse speciall pardon I dare not relate.

Edw. We pardon thee, and as neere as thou canst
Tell me, What said Lewis to our letters ?

Mes. At my departure these were his verie words.
Go tell false Edward thy supposed king,
That Lewis of France is sending ouer Maskers,
To reuill it with him and his new bride.

Edw. Is Lewis so braue, belike he thinkes me Henry. But what said Lady Bona to these wrongs ?

Mes. Tel him quoth she, in hope heele proue a widower shortly, Ile weare the willow garland for his sake.

Edro. She had the wrong, indeed she could saie Little lesse. But what saide Henries Queene, for as I heare, she was then in place ?

Mes. Tell him quoth shee my mourning weeds be Doone, and I am readie to put armour on.

Edw. Then belike she meanes to plaie the Amazon. But what said Warwike to these iniuries ?

Mes. He more incensed then the rest my Lord, Tell him quoth he, that he hath done me wrong, And therefore Ile vncrowne him er't be long.

Ed. Ha, Durst the traytor breath out such proude words? But I will arme me to preuent the worst. But what is Warwike friendes with Margaret ?

Mes. I my good Lord, theare so linkt in friendship, That young Prince Edward marries Warwikes daughter.

Cla. The elder, belike Clarence shall haue the Yonger. All you that loue me and Warwike Follow me.

Exit CLARENCE and SUMMERSET.

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